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Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT

Don’t forget your vegetables!

Weight Management

We hear it all the time.  Eat more vegetables.  Add more greens.  Make your plate colorful.  The fact that vegetables are good for us, is not a new message.  Yet we have such a hard time fitting them in our diet? Vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories, plus they are loaded with good-for-you nutrients such as vitamins A and C, potassium and fiber.  Vitamin C is imperative to keeping our immune systems healthy and potassium regulates blood pressure – very important things! Most adults need 2 ½ – 3 cups of vegetables per day. Let’s look beyond the side salad and bump up your intake today. Make snack sized portions: chop up bell peppers, broccoli or celery ahead … Continue reading

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Mary Cate Eklund, RD, LDN, LMNT

Keep Your Fall Drinks in Check

Nutrition, Weight Management

As the fall season rolls in, it brings relief from the sweltering heat and a season full of beautiful colors and fanciful flavors. From cinnamon and pumpkin, to sea salt and caramel, coffee shops around the country have our mouths watering. However, if you’re not careful, these delicious drinks will have you packing on the layers, and I’m not talking about your favorite fall jacket. Listed below are some popular seasonal drinks and what you’ll find in each: Starbucks 16 oz Salted Caramel Mocha- 470 calories, 16 grams fat, 59 grams sugar Starbucks 16 oz Pumpkin Spice Latte- 380 calories, 14 grams fat, 50 grams sugar Scooters 16 oz Turtle Latte- 245 calories, 7 grams fat, 30 grams sugar Scooters … Continue reading

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Robin Duhon, RD, LMNT

National Whole Grains Month


September is National Whole Grains Month. Although most Americans consume the recommended amount of grains, most people do not eat enough whole grains. Here are some facts about whole grains and some tips for increasing your intake of whole grains. Why are whole grains healthier? Whole grains are healthier than refined grains because they contain more parts of the grain since it is closer to its natural state. An intact kernel of grain contains the bran, germ and endo-sperm. The more processed a grain is, less of it ends up in product being made with it. During the refinement process grains lose some of their nutritional properties. Although many refined products are also enriched, or have nutrients added to them … Continue reading

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Erica Jackson, MS, RD, LMNT, CNSC

The Truth About Detox Diets

Nutrition, Wellness

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past thirty years, you’ve probably heard of the term “Detox Diet.” Infomercials and  celebrities alike tout such benefits as weight loss, increased energy, improved cognition, and the ability to “reset” your metabolism. There are several cleanses on the market, lasting anywhere from one day to several weeks. One popular cleanse has you consuming nothing but laxative tea and a mixture of lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water for 10 days. You couldn’t pay me enough to drink that! If you have even a basic understanding of your body’s physiology, the concept of the detox diet simply doesn’t make sense. What does detox mean? In the traditional sense, detoxification refers … Continue reading

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Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT

How to Get the Most out of National Family Meal Month

Nutrition, Wellness

Did you know that August is not only when kids go back to school but also Family Meals Month? With summer coming to a close that means activities, sports and homework are gearing up for a busy fall. Is the following a common scenario for you? Get home from work only to get back in the car and drive your kids to their activities. Of course football practice ran long so you decide to swing through the drive thru. Everyone eats in the car because they have to study and clean up when they get home. I hear situations like this on a daily basis. Fact is, we are so busy we forgot the importance of making time to prepare and … Continue reading

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